Book your Assessment Centre at ELAM

Please complete the form below to book into your Assessment Centre at ELAM. All Assessment Centres start at 5:00pm so please ensure you arrive on time and try to be at least 20 minutes early. Find us on the map below. 


What will I do at the Assessment Centre?

1. Interview

You will have a one-to-one interview with a member of the ELAM team. We will be looking for evidence of:

  • integrity and professional approach to learning (you will need to bring a copy of your most recent report with you for us to keep).

  • drive to use ELAM's curriculum (do your research of the course in advance).

  • excellent achievement (think about what you might want to tell us about what you’ve done).

2. Group Task

You will be put into a group with other prospective trainees to complete a short task. You will be given more information when you arrive; you do not need to prepare anything in advance. We will be looking for evidence of:

  • collaboration and team-work

  • innovative and creative thought

3. Solo Performance Audition

You will perform a solo on your instrument or voice (even if you are a producer/DJ).

Checklist:

  • Choose a piece.

    • Should be between 2 and 4 minutes in length.

    • Should present an appropriate level of challenge for a Level 3 course and show self-awareness of your own ability level.

    • You may perform an original composition (note, no extra credit will be given as this is a performance, assessment not a composition assessment).

    • You may create your own interpretation or arrangement of another piece.

  • Practise and rehearse your piece to the highest standard.

    • Vocalists should commit lyrics to memory.

    • Instrumentalists may read from sheet music.

    • Jazz musicians may perform a head and improvisation (however, unfocused jam sessions are not appropriate).

  • Bring a suitable backing track, accompanist or self-accompaniment.

    • Suitable backing track formats: MP3, WAV or AIFF formats on a flash drive or audio/mobile device (no CD drive or internet access available; bring your own adapter, if relevant).

    • Your part should not audible on the backing track (hundreds of suitable backing tracks are available on iTunes and other backing track websites).

    • If using a phone/tablet, ensure notifications are turned off.

    • You may perform unaccompanied only if the piece is specifically written for unaccompanied performance (e.g. solo piano piece).

    • Suitable self-accompaniment instruments for vocalists include piano, guitar or ukulele.

  • Consider whether you need to bring your instrument.

    • ELAM provides all backline (e.g. drum kit, amps, keyboards, microphones, mini-jack cable).

    • Otherwise, you will need to bring your own instrument and accessories (e.g. guitar, plectrum, 1/4” jack cable, drumsticks).

What else should I prepare in advance?

  • Prepare your journey; it’s not a good idea to be late for an interview/audition.

  • Do your research about the course you will study at ELAM.

  • Remember to source a copy of your most recent report from your most recent school as well as any required backing tracks, instruments, etc.

Any questions, please email us at applications@elam.co.uk


Complete the form below to book your place at an assessment day

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